College volleyball: Michigan State takes down No. 7 Wisconsin for season sweep
No. 14 Michigan State salvaged a split of its third week of Big Ten play, earning a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Wisconsin (22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16) at Jenison Field House.
MSU swept the season series from Wisconsin for the first time since 2012; MSU and the Badgers had met just once in each of the last three seasons. MSU won a 3-2 battle on opening night of 2017 Big Ten play in Madison, snapping a five-game winning streak for Wisconsin in the series.
The Spartans, who fell at No. 4 Nebraska on Wednesday, are now 12-3 overall on the year and 5-1 in Conference play; the Badgers fall to 11-4 and 2-4 in Big Ten action.
Michigan State had four players record double-digit kills, each one dominating one set and giving the Badgers fits. Autumn Bailey had her fourth double double of the Big Ten season with 16 kills and 13 digs; Holly Toliver tied Bailey with 16 kills and added nine digs, two assists, and an ace. Toliver and Alyssa Garvelink each had a match-high four blocks, while Garvelink had 11 kills on a season-best .667 hitting percentage, and Brooke Kranda had 12 kills, hit .320, and served up six aces.
For the Badgers, Tionna Williams led her squad in both kills (17) and blocks (three), and also hit .696; Lauryn Gillis had 16 kills and a solo block, and Kelli Bates had a match-high 14 digs to go with seven kills.
Wisconsin hit .295 on the day, the highest for any opponent agaisnt the Spartans this season. However, MSU countered with .348, recovering from a .176 hitting percentage in the opening set to hit better than .400 in both the second and fourth sets, and .371 in the third as it rallied to win three-straight sets after a 22-25 setback in the opening frame.
The Spartans head back out on the road next week for road games at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers.